Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
A partner since 1985, Doug Kingsbery has been practicing law with Tharrington Smith LLP since graduating from law school in 1980. He has developed an extensive litigation and appellate practice in civil, criminal and administrative law, and uniquely focuses on criminal tax matters. Mr. Kingsbery is a Certified Specialist in Federal Criminal Law since 1991 and served on the NC State Bar Criminal Law Specialty Committee. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in both the Commercial Litigation and Bet-the-Company Litigation sections, is included in North Carolina Super Lawyers, and frequently appears in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Criminal Law section. He is an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell.